In the wake of the shoe-throwing at Home Minister P Chidamabaram, a section of Delhi unit of Congress on Tuesday demanded reconsideration of candidature of Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler, both facing allegations of involvement in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
"A large number of Sikhs in the country are already seething in anger for the last 25 years since the 1984 riots.
"Instead of pacifying them, the party has added to their agony by giving Lok Sabha tickets to Kumar and Tytler from South Delhi and North-East Delhi parliamentary seats," a senior Congress leader from Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) said on the condition of anonymity.
Another DPCC leader said the incident involving a Sikh journalist hurling a shoe at Chidambaram over CBI clean chit to Tytler in the riot case has once again highlighted the issue in the run-up to the general elections.
"The incident has polarised the community across the country, stepping up demands for withdrawal of the nomination of the two accused leaders," he said.
The Congress leader cautioned that ignoring the sentiments would hurt party's poll prospects not only in Delhi but also throughout the country.